A very short collapsed length (14.6 inches / 37 cm), light weight, and a terrific extended grip/strap combo make the Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ one of the best all-round lightweight poles on the market, whether folding or otherwise. The FLZ model adds some adjustability vs. the standard Z model.
- Short collapsed length due to its folding design
- Enough adjustability for some shelter pitching and changing terrain
- One of the better foam grip, extended grip, and strap combos available in terms of comfort
- Stiff, rattle-free, and strong
- Limited adjustability for tall shelters
- Extended grip could benefit from a palm rest